By Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran
Islamic world is groaning under the weight of extremist rhetoric.
community with its population in the billions has not dedicated someone who
supports the revival of religious discourse in a modern and balanced manner,
which preserves the foundations and pillars of Muslim beliefs and removes the
chains that have been placed on them.
long time I have believed that the state which is most capable of leading this
project is Saudi Arabia, as it represents the Islamic as well as the civilized
safeguards the two Holy Mosques and other sacred locations. Its prosperity
makes it more capable of focusing than any other Islamic state. Furthermore, it
has been affected by violence and radicalism the most. The refined rhetoric of
the Secretary-General of the Muslim World League, Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa, has
often attracted my attention.
most recent thing he’s called for is: “the establishment of a peace campaign by
the three faiths in the city of Jerusalem, which can promote the road to peace
by finding a common ground between religions,” during the conference on the
United States and the Islamic world.
invitation must be turned into a program of action to save humanity from
extremist discourse and hatred and which exists among madmen of various faiths
in the world and is not limited to Muslims.
on establishing peace between religions requires everyone to put aside
aggressive discourse and deal with others who are different from them in a
civilized and humane manner. This is the most desirable outcome humans could
achieve after waging fierce religious and ethnic wars that claimed the lives of
millions of people.
most recent of these wars was the Second World War and the civil wars, which
continue among small communities within the Islamic world as in Syria, Iraq,
Libya and elsewhere in the region. Human history, however, is also full of
models of coexistence, particularly among monotheistic religions.
2006, Professor Mohammed Arkoun led an interesting project titled The History
of Islam and Muslims in France from the Middle Ages to the Present Day (Michel
Alban Publications), which sought to “highlight the bright areas of the
Mediterranean Basin region on both its northern and southern sides or from its
western and eastern sides”.
well known that writing history from a sectarian or national point of view is
what led to the consolidation of this ideological view that elevates one side
over the other and degrades others, if not despise and reject them. Writing
history following the footsteps of previous ideological myths aims to support
the old favoritism view of each class, collective memory or religious sect that
sanctified itself and demeaned the other within the framework of the closed
dogmatic view of their own glorification”.
took the example of Ramon Llull during the 13th century and wrote: “The cities
of Mallorca and Béjaïain in Spain and Algeria situated in the Christian and
Islamic spheres belonged to two groups that were free from the domination of
the great authoritarian capitals on the continent. They were centers of
knowledge and economic life in the western region of the basin”.
Llull was the son of a Catalan settler. He was born in Palma Mallorca after it
was annexed in 1230 by Muslims, and he thus became the greatest model of
knowledge and multi-cultural discussion of cultures, religions and languages.
He has become an intersection point between Christianity and Islam, Latin and
Arabic languages, the European culture and the Arab-Islamic culture, his
importance and fruitfulness of his multifaceted experience”.
looking at the history of Muslims at al-Tabari and Ibn Kathir and the
"History of Baghdad" of Al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, and the process of
transformations and developments of the Islamic state we can also find bright
patterns of coexistence of Muslims with other religions, depending on the
political circumstances, the policy of each caliph and the path of each stage.
such, history has interesting models of comprehension between the East and the
West, but it was not solidly established, instead it was disjoint and vast
without a philosophical and intellectual cornerstone that helps understanding
have a solid foundation to launch projects of dialogue and discussions between
the symbols of religions and their followers.
role played by the league represented by the Secretary General is characterized
by the quality of the proposed discourse. This discourse which is outside all
partisan noise, historical agitation or conceptual fossilization derives from
Sharia with an interest in civic character and the ability to understand the
different recipients around the world.
rely on wise men in this world which is full of the obsession to kill,
addiction of terrorism and the desire to master hatred and violence. May God be
Fahad Shoqiran is a Saudi writer and researcher
who also founded the Riyadh philosophers group. His writings have appeared in
pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, Alarabiya.net, among others. He also blogs
on philosophies, cultures and arts. He tweets @shoqiran.